GFTN Responsible Purchasing Guide (English & Swedish)
A guide for organisations wishing to develop a responsible programme for the procurement of forest products.
A publication of WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network
George White and Darius Sarshar | February 2004
This guide has been developed by WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) for use by organisations wishing to develop a responsible programme for the procurement of forest products. The guide lays out a generic approach for the adoption of a responsible purchasing policy and the development of an associated procurement programme.
The guide is aimed at any medium-size or large enterprise, including primary mills, secondary processors, importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, that purchases or procures forest products. In appropriate circumstances if may also serve to guide smaller enterprises.
WWF’s GFTN believes that a combination of a stepwise approach to forest management and the responsible purchase of forest products, as guided by credible forest certification, should underpin the search for solutions to the problems that are associated with the trade in forest products.
The development and effective implementation of a stepwise approach to responsible purchasing takes time, but a variety of approaches are now in use. This document draws together the common themes of those models and applies to them the GFTN’s own insight and experience.
The principles outlined within this guide are in line with Forest & Trade Network (FTN) membership requirements, and the guide thus should help FTN trade members in meeting their membership requirements. All trade members of an FTN are advised to refer also to the specific guidance issued by their FTN manager.